Notable Quotes

Indians Living Close to Nature

Indians living close to nature and nature's ruler are not living in darkness.

My People Understand

My people understand that you children are sacred. You are precious. You are our future. Your elders, parents and teachers need to teach you well so that you can help them when they are old. Listen to what they are teaching you so you will know what to do when you are in charge.

The Wisdom

To me, the wisdom the Elders have to manifest is in teaching people how to live in harmony and balance with each other and the earth.

One of the Things

One of the things the old people taught me about the spirits was to never have a doubt.

Every Single Person

Every single person has leadership ability. Some step up and take them. Some don't. My answer was to step up and lead.


Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky and water was a real and active principle.

We Are Invisible

We are invisible because the majority of people in this country are not educated properly about American Indians and grow up thinking we're historical beings who exist only in museums.

Great Spirit

Great Spirit: To the center of the world you have taken me and showed me the goodness and the beauty and the strangeness of the greening earth. You have shown me, and I have seen.

Survival of Our Nations

Survival of our nations depended on our children's activities, skills, knowledge and acts of bravery.


Rice is our most important grain, as a people. It's used to tell the story of our migration.